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Associate Director for Land Resources
* Duties
## Duties
### Summary
The Land Resources Mission Area conducts studies of the interactions among Earth surface processes, ecosystems, and climate, across space and time to provide scientifically valid state-of-the-science information and predictive understanding. The resulting research and products are provided as the scientific foundation upon which policymakers, natural resource managers, and the public make informed decisions about the management of natural resources on which the Nation depends.
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### Responsibilities
The Associate Director for Land Resources has responsibility for the development, execution, coordination, and direction of several diverse Earth science programs of the Land Resources Mission Area (LMRA). Responsibilities include:
* Participates in the development and review of new and existing space policies and as a member of, or advisor to, multi-agency workgroups and projects.
* Represents the bureau's interests in space mission forums on remote sensing data requirements, satellite system design, flight and ground systems operations, international ground station coordination, national satellite data archive management, and as appropriate, in briefings to DOI, NASA, NOAA, DOD, OMB, congressional members and staff, other Federal agencies, foreign governments, and international organizations.
* Evaluates the implications of new space policies on satellite remote sensing programs and activities, including mission development, operations, and applications, especially the operations (acquisition, archiving, processing, and dissemination of satellite data) and applications of these data.
* Provides strategic direction for planning and development of interdisciplinary science needed for adaptation to, and mitigation of the impacts of climate change and disturbance on Earth systems.
* Provides executive leadership necessary to implement Presidential and Secretarial policies related to land resources and serves on inter-governmental committees and working groups related to land resources.
* Manages the planning and development of strategies for the long term continuity and delivery of land remote sensing data for natural resource and land management decision-making needs; provides the leadership necessary to expand the external stakeholder base for this critical source of information and to incorporate new land remote sensing technologies.
* Provides oversight and strategic direction in working with other DOI bureaus and stakeholders who rely on the LRMA science products for informed decision making.
* The AD provides advice and counsel to the USGS Director, Deputy Director, and the Executive Leadership Team and shares in the planning, direction, and management of the integrated science programs of the bureau.
### Travel Required
Occasional travel - -
##### Supervisory status
##### Promotion Potential
### Who May Apply
#### This job is open to...
U.S. Citizens may apply.
Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.
* #### Job family (Series)
1301 General Physical Science
1350 Geology
0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences
* Requirements
## Requirements
### Conditions of Employment
* Must be a U.S. Citizen.
* See Conditions of Employment below for additional requirements.
* The security clearance requirement is not a prerequisite to apply for this position. However, the selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a background investigation for Top Secret clearance for this Critical Sensitive designated position. This position requires drug testing. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
* An initial career SES appointment must have their ECQs certified by the Qualifications Review Board prior to appointment and serve a one-year probationary period.
* Within 30 days after selection, the incumbent is required to file a Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) and supplemental form, Confidential Statement of Employment and Financial Interest (DI-278).
* Employees of the USGS are subject to the provisions of the Title 43, U.S. Code, Section 39(a) and may not according to this legislation and related regulations: (a) have any personal or private interest, direct or indirect, in lands, or mineral wealth of such lands, whose title is in the United States; (b) execute surveys or examinations for private parties or corporations; or (c) have any substantial personal or private interest, direct or indirect, in any private mining or mineral enterprise doing business in the United States, except where specifically authorized by the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey.
* Every Federal employee is subject to comply with Ethics rules. Serious candidates must be cleared of conflicts that would prevent them from performing the duties of the position.
* OPM must authorize employment offers to current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employees in the executive branch. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political appointee in the executive branch, you must disclose that to the Human Resources Office.
* Because this position requires travel for official business, the selectee will be required to apply for a charge card within 30 calendar days of appointment.
* DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees.
* If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, upon selection, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.
* You must meet all requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.
### Qualifications
As a basic requirement, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible executive level leadership and science management experience directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Technical Qualifications (TQs) listed below. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with State or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations. To meet the minimum qualifications, you must meet the education requirement and clearly show that you possess the ECQs and TQs. Failure to meet and address each mandatory ECQ or TQ will disqualify an applicant. Please provide a written narrative describing your experience that has equipped you for this position. Your examples should be clear and concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives, and level of contacts. Be specific in describing results achieved for each of the factors. EACH ECQ and TQ MUST BE ADDRESSED SEPARATELY. Narrative statements for the ECQs must not exceed 10 pages. Narrative Statements for the TQs must not exceed two pages each. The narrative addressing ECQs should follow the format provided at -data-oversight/senior-executive-service/executive-core-qualifications/. Applicants who refer to their resume as a response will not receive consideration.
If you are a current or reinstatement eligible Career SES member or graduate of an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) and your ECQs have been certified by OPM's Qualification Review Board (QRB), you are not required to address the ECQs. However, you MUST provide separate narrative responses addressing all mandatory TQs. Current and reinstatement eligible SES members should include a copy of your SF-50 (notification of personnel action) documenting your career appointment to the SES. SES CDP graduates should include a copy of your OPM certificate.
Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) - Mandatory:
**ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE:** This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. Leadership Competencies: Creativity & Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision.
**ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE:** This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building.
**ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN:** This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility.
**ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN:** This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management.
**ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS:** This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating.
These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the ECQs: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, Public Service Motivation.
Technical Qualifications (TQs) - Mandatory:
1. Demonstrated ability and professional stature to effectively represent the interests and capabilities of USGS science programs, especially in satellite land remote sensing and data management; research and monitoring in the sciences of carbon, nitrogen, and water cycles; hydroclimatic and ecosystem effects of climate change; and land-cover and land-use change; at the technical and policy levels in activities related to program, budget, and collaborative efforts and initiatives.
2. Ability to effectively develop, plan, and implement long-term land resources strategic science directions, national programmatic goals and priorities, quality assurance, ensure the overall scientific health of land resources programs, and to effectively engage in consultation with external partners and constituencies on areas of research and the application of this research to decision-making.
### Education
This position has an education requirement. It may be filled in any of the following occupational series:
Biological Sciences, 0401: -data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0400/general-natural-resources-management-and-biological-sciences-series-0401/
Physical Sciences, 1301:-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1300/general-physical-science-series-1301/
Geology, 1350: -data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/
Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit:
### Additional information
*Time in grade restrictions and Veterans Preference does not apply in consideration of candidates for the Senior Executive Service.
*Under Executive Order 11935, only U.S. citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs.
*Competitive status is not required.
*Under 5 U.S.C. 3131, the SES provides flexible assignment rules to accomplish the agency mission.
*To learn more about the Senior Executive Service: -data-oversight/senior-executive-service/
*Career employees are eligible for bonuses in addition to base pay increases based on performance.
*The minimum pay is $164,200. This is a category 3 position. Pay is set based on consideration of current salary and other factors.
*The duties of this position are suitable for telework with supervisor approval.
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### How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications. You must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of an executive. This information will be obtained from the application package. Verification of performance, suitability, and security information will be taken into consideration when making an offer of employment. Applicants who meet the mandatory executive and technical qualifications will be evaluated by a panel of SES members who will determine which applicants are best qualified. The Department's Executive Resources Board will review results and make recommendations on the final selection to the appointing authority.
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### Background checks and security clearance
##### Security clearance
Top Secret
* Required Documents
## Required Documents
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package which includes:
**1. REQUIRED** Your resume - it must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement. Insufficient information will result in a not qualified rating. It is recommended that you include the following information: Full name, address, telephone numbers, educational information, information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position**.**
**2. REQUIRED.**A narrative statement addressing each of the ECQs and TQs. Each ECQ and TQ must be addressed separately. ECQ narrative statements must not exceed 10 pages total and 2 pages for each individual TQ. OR... If you are a graduate of an approved SES Candidate Development Program, you must include a copy of the OPM certification of eligibility and a narrative statement addressing only the technical qualifications. OR...If you are a current or former SES member, you must submit documentation of your SES status and a narrative statement addressing only the technical qualifications.
**3. REQUIRED** If you are a current Federal employee, a copy of a recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that indicates Federal status, grade, tenure, and type of service.
**4. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED** A copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal (from either the Federal or private sector). Note: if a pdf is larger than 4MB, you will need to split the contents of the file.
#### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
* Benefits
## Benefits
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
* How to Apply
## How to Apply
The application package must be received on-line via USAJOBS by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (Washington, DC time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete application, you will not be considered. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Most libraries, employment offices, and all USGS personnel offices can provide access to the Internet. If applying online poses a hardship for you, please speak to a Servicing Human Resources Office for assistance, prior to the closing date. Instructions for Applying Online: 1) Click the blue "Apply Online" button. 2) If you are not a registered USAJOBS user, please create a new account and follow the instructions to complete your application. If you are a registered user, login in to access your existing USAJOBS profile. 3) As a registered user, select a stored resume and documents to attach to the application. 4) Check the "Certification" box and click the "Apply for this position now!" button located at the bottom of the screen. 5) Address the eligibility and narrative questions. 6) Submit required documents. 7) If you experience technical difficulties during the online application process, please contact the USAJOBS helpdesk. If you experience technical difficulties during the online application process, please contact the USAJOBS helpdesk. Note: USAJOBS is compatible with the following browser versions: Internet Explorer 9 or higher, Safari v 5 or higher, Chrome, and Firefox.
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### Agency contact information
### Sharon Benitez
##### Phone
##### Fax
##### Email
##### Address
INTERIOR, Geological Survey
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr.
Mail Stop 600
Reston, Virginia
United States
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### Next steps
We will conduct a qualifications evaluation of applicants who supply all requested material. Qualified applicants will be rated and ranked by a panel. Best qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome after approval of the selectee by our Executive Resources Board.
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* Fair & Transparent
## Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
* Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants
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### Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
* An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
* An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
* An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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#### Legal and regulatory guidance
* Financial suitability
* Social security number request
* Privacy Act
* Signature and false statements
* Selective Service
* New employee probationary period
This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.
*Open & closing dates:* 06/04/2018 to 07/06/2018
*Salary:* $164,200 to $189,600 per year
*Pay scale & grade:* ES 00
*Work schedule:* Full-Time - -
*Appointment type:* Permanent - Permanent, Full-time.

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